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Post by howie » Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:34 pm

LSZZ/Switzerland
Local media are reporting that air traffic controllers have suspended a four-day strike originally planned for Jul 23-27 at the country’s regional control centre, as well as airports including LSGG/Geneva, LSMS/Sion, LSMB/Bern, and LSZS/Lugano.

HBZZ/Burundi
Australia and Canada now advise against all travel to Burundi, due to civil unrest and daily armed violence. The UK and the US both have warnings in place too, but say that travel to HBBA/Bujumbura is still ok for now. But for tech-stops in the region, maybe consider HRYR/Kigali or HUEN/Entebbe instead.

SKBO/Bogota Colombia
Due to Colombia's independence celebration Day, the airport will be closed on Jul 18 from 1030-1130 local time, and Jul 20 from 1000-1230 local time.

LIZZ/Italy
A nationwide Notam has been issued today for the 24hr Italy ATC strike planned for Jul 21, so now it’s official. Controllers at all the ACC sectors will take part, and there are additional strikes planned at the local level at at the following airports: Rome Ciampino, Rome Fiumicino, Cagliari, Catania, Lamezia, Palermo, Pescara and Venice. They’re saying ATS will be provided to overflights and incoming intercontinental flights (i.e. those from the U.S.). For everything else, they say “all flights are guaranteed from 05-08z and from 16-19z”.

SMJP/Paramaribo Suriname
A new ILS is being installed on RWY11, as the current one has been out of service for a while now. That should be ready by Jul 19. Additionally, the ZY VOR/DME will be unavailable from Jul 21-25, and they have published some contingency procedures they would like operators to follow.

EGPH/Edinburgh United Kingdom
The ATC phone line at the airport is currently out of service. They hope to have it fixed some time today, but in the meantime, you can contact them on +44 7775 706 216.

MUHA/Havana Cuba
The airport will be briefly closed for two short periods on Jul 18, 19 & 20, for repair work. The daily closures will be from 0000-0030 and 0630-0700 local time.



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Interesting read :good:



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Post by howie » Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:17 pm

LIZZ/Italy
The 24hr ATC strike planned for July 21 has now been cancelled. Unions reached an agreement with the government, and no future strikes are now expected. Normal ops expected at all ACC's and airports across the country.

EGPD/Aberdeen United Kingdom

Ground staff still plan to hold 24hr strikes on Jul 20, Aug 2 and Aug 16, following yesterday’s rejection by unions of a pay offer by employers. If the strikes go ahead, they will involve around 170 workers at the airport including security staff, firefighters and passenger service agents, with some local media reporting that the strikes could effectively close the airport on these dates.

ROAH/Okinawa Japan

The airport is open and operational again today, after being closed yesterday evening due to a military aircraft which burst its tires on landing and blocked the runway. More than 50 flights were canceled or delayed during the closure.

VVZZ/Vietnam

After passing over Hainan island yesterday, Tropical Storm Son-Tinh is expected to make landfall in northern Vietnam later today, with gusting winds of up to 50kts. VVNB/Hanoi should escape the worst of the winds, but is expected to see a lot of rain over the next 48 hours. The storm will weaken as it moves farther inland, ending the threat for any damaging winds before the storm reaches northern Laos.

MMZZ/Mexico

The U.S. State Department has re-issued its highest “do not travel” warning for five states in Mexico: the Pacific coast states of Sinaloa, Colima, Michoacan, Guerrero, and Tamaulipas on the eastern Gulf. The advisory says that “violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery, is widespread.” This advisory ultimately classifies these regions at the same level of danger as Syria, Yemen, and Somalia.

EGKK/London Gatwick United Kingdom

The main runway 08R/26L will be closed tonight from midnight-0530 local time. The northern runway 08L/26R will be open instead during this period - the one that normally gets used as a taxiway. There’s no ILS on this runway, so approaches must be DME/RNAV.

KEGE/Eagle County USA

AOPA have reported on the updated departure procedures at the airport. From Jul 19, the FAA will activate two new RNAV departures: BEVVR ONE, for public use; and APRES ONE, a special procedure.



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Post by howie » Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:37 am

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LIZZ/Italy The 24hr ATC strike planned for July 21 has now been cancelled. Unions reached an agreement with the government, and no future strikes are now expected. Normal ops expected at all ACC's and airports across the country.

LEZZ/Spain The union representing more than 60,000 baggage handlers and ground staff at airports across Spain has warned of strike action at some point at the start of Aug, after more than two years of failed salary negotiations. No specific date has been set yet, and talks are ongoing between the union and employers.

LSZZ/Switzerland Local media are reporting that air traffic controllers have suspended a four-day strike originally planned for Jul 23-27 at the country’s regional control centre, as well as airports including LSGG/Geneva, LSGS/Sion, LSZB/Bern, and LSZS/Lugano.

EGPD/Aberdeen Strike action by airport ground staff has now been cancelled. No sooner had the union said it had rejected a pay offer made by employers, than it announced a new deal had been reached. 24hr strikes were planned on Jul 20, Aug 2 and Aug 16 - but now these are all cancelled.

EGGW/Luton A strike is planned by airport baggage handlers this coming weekend. Unless an agreement is reached, the strike will take place from 3am on Jul 20 to 2pm on Jul 22. They planned a similar strike back in May, before calling it off at the last minute, following “positive talks” with employers.

EGPH/Edinburgh Limited parking expected until the end of Aug, so the airport is only available for diverts that are emergencies. Don’t use EGPH as an alternate airport of your FPL.

EGKK/Gatwick The main runway 08R/26L will be closed tonight from midnight-0530 local time. The northern runway 08L/26R will be open instead during this period - the one that normally gets used as a taxiway. There’s no ILS on this runway, so approaches must be DME/RNAV.

ELLX/Luxembourg Ongoing runway repairs mean the airport will be closed each night from midnight to 6am local time for the rest of this week, and then again for the same times each night Mon-Fri from Aug 20 to Sep 29. If you want to land during these closures, you’ll need to get special permission from the airport authority: info@dac.public.lu


North America

KZZZ/USA The FAA has reported a number of violations with previous Presidential TFR’s for Bedminster - more than thirty airspace incursions and five intercepts in seven days during the two most recent visits by President Trump to his golf resort. The next Presidential TFR for Bedminster is due to run from Jul 20-22. The NBAA have a good run-down of what to do here.

KASE/Aspen The TFR which was in place near the airport to cover ongoing firefighting operations in the region has now been modified by authorities, meaning IFR departures are available again. Regular commercial operations have resumed, although the airport has warned that “flights could once again be canceled or delayed as needed by the firefighting operation."

KEGE/Eagle County AOPA have reported on the updated departure procedures at the airport. From Jul 19, the FAA will activate two new RNAV departures: BEVVR ONE, for public use; and APRES ONE, a special procedure.

MZZZ/Mexico The U.S. State Department has re-issued its highest “do not travel” warning for five states in Mexico: the Pacific coast states of Sinaloa, Colima, Michoacan, Guerrero, and Tamaulipas on the eastern Gulf. The advisory says that “violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery, is widespread.” This advisory ultimately classifies these regions at the same level of danger as Syria, Yemen, and Somalia.

MUHA/Havana The airport will be briefly closed for two short periods on Jul 19 & 20, for repair work. The daily closures will be from 0000-0030 and 0630-0700 local time.



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Post by Bell 407 » Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:18 am

Howie, thanks for this. Even though not travelling myself, they make for interesting reading indeed :champion: :champion: :champion:



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Post by Enuf Sed » Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:20 am

Very interesting reading. Thank you :Like:
MMZZ/Mexico

The U.S. State Department has re-issued its highest “do not travel” warning for five states in Mexico: the Pacific coast states of Sinaloa, Colima, Michoacan, Guerrero, and Tamaulipas on the eastern Gulf. The advisory says that “violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery, is widespread.” This advisory ultimately classifies these regions at the same level of danger as Syria, Yemen, and Somalia.
Dangerous place to go to :thinking:



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Post by howie » Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:45 pm

Daily Brief
Thursday, Jul 19, 2018


EGPD/Aberdeen United Kingdom
Strike action by airport ground staff has now been cancelled. No sooner had the union said it had rejected a pay offer made by employers, than it announced a new deal had been reached. 24hr strikes were planned on Jul 20, Aug 2 and Aug 16 - but now these are all cancelled.

UTNU/Urgench Uzbekistan

The airport will be closed until Aug 20 at the earliest. The airport say the closure is for runway repairs, whereas Uzbekistan Airways say it’s due to “technical issues and unfavourable temperatures”. Either way, the national carrier will instead be using the nearby UTNN/Nukus airport for its flights to the region during this period.

KZZZ/USA

The FAA has reported a number of violations with previous Presidential TFR’s for Bedminster - more than thirty airspace incursions and five intercepts in seven days during the two most recent visits by President Trump to his golf resort. The next Presidential TFR for Bedminster is due to run from Jul 20-22. The NBAA have a good run-down of what to do here.

HTMW/Mwanza Tanzania

Construction work planned at the airport until Dec. They want to make the airport capable of handling larger planes like the B787-8 Dreamliner, so the runway is being widened and extended. That means whilst work is ongoing, RWY12 threshold is displaced by 300m, meaning a reduced LDA of 2700m.

EGGW/London Luton United Kingdom

A strike is planned by airport baggage handlers this coming weekend. Unless an agreement is reached, the strike will take place from 3am on Jul 20 to 2pm on Jul 22. They planned a similar strike back in May, before calling it off at the last minute, following “positive talks” with employers.

SMZZ/Suriname

The system they use to transmit flight plans is back online, and they’re able to publish Notams again. The Contingency Plan is therefore no longer in effect, and normal ops in the SMPM/Paramaribo FIR have resumed. For overflights, include the AFTN address SMPMZQZX. For flights to SMJP/Paramaribo, include SMJPZTZX.

ELLX/Luxemburg Luxembourg

Ongoing runway repairs mean the airport will be closed each night from midnight to 6am local time for the rest of this week, and then again for the same times each night Mon-Fri from Aug 20 to Sep 29. If you want to land during these closures, you’ll need to get special permission from the airport authority: info@dac.public.lu

MTPP/Port-au-prince Haiti

No reports of any significant protests or violence since the resignation of the Prime Minister on Jul 14, which came after widespread anti-government unrest across the country earlier this month. Normal commercial flight ops by international carriers into and out of MTPP/Port-au-Prince have resumed, and the roadblocks which were restricting access to the airport have now been cleared. Most western countries still have travel warnings in place for Haiti, but the situation is now far more stable than at any point in the past few weeks.

EGLL/London Heathrow United Kingdom

Ongoing disruption at the airport today. Problems began yesterday when the control tower was closed for around an hour when a fire alarm was triggered, and all landings and take-offs at the airport were halted. But now an IT issue has emerged for British Airways - dozens of flights to and from Heathrow have been cancelled, affecting at least 7,000 passengers, while around 3,000 more travellers have been stranded overnight abroad.

LFKF/Figari France
They’re expecting limited supply of fuel until Jul 20 at the earliest, so until then the airport is requesting operators to tanker inbound.



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Post by great dane » Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:36 pm

howie wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:45 pm
Daily Brief
Thursday, Jul 19, 2018
So they didn't manage to predict todays total closure of Belgian airspace - not a strike this time.
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/99 ... ays-latest



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Post by howie » Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:15 am

great dane wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:36 pm
howie wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:45 pm
Daily Brief
Thursday, Jul 19, 2018
So they didn't manage to predict todays total closure of Belgian airspace - not a strike this time.
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/99 ... ays-latest
Sorry :outtahere:



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Post by howie » Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:42 pm

TRAVEL ALERT

EBZZ/Belgium

No significant delays through Belgium’s airspace today, following yesterday’s two-hour closure of the entire EBBU FIR due to a meltdown with their Flight Data Processing System - the big computer which handles all the flight plans.

WSSL/Singapore Seletar Singapore

Due to ongoing runway repairs, the airport will be closed to everything except medivac and emergency flights from 2-7 local time tomorrow morning, Jul 21.
KPDK/Atlanta USA
Ongoing construction work at Atlanta’s second airport. During August, the main runway 3R/21L will have a reduced LDA of 4551 feet, and during Sept and Oct it will not be available at all (the other two runways are both less than 4000 ft).

KDCA/Washington USA

Following some incursions earlier this year in two bits of restricted airspace just north of the airport (over Capitol Hill, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, etc), the TSA have published a nice little graphic to remind operators on the areas to avoid. The first block of restricted airspace begins only 1.5 nm north of the departure end of RWY01, from SFC-FL180.

ZSSS/Shanghai China

Tropical Storm Ampil is strengthening out in the Philippine Sea. It’s expected to pass over the outlying Japanese island of Okinawa early on Jul 21 with gusting winds of up to 70kts, before tracking directly towards Shanghai on the Chinese mainland where it’s forecast to make landfall late on Jul 22 with gusting winds of up 55kts. Authorities at both Shanghai airports

ZSPD/Pudong and ZSSS/Hongqiao

have said that all GA aircraft currently parked at the airports must leave before 1200 local time on July 21, and all landing and parking requests for GA aircraft will be rejected from 0001 local time on July 21, until Jul 23, by which time the storm is expected to have passed.

EGPH/Edinburgh United Kingdom

Ongoing issues with lack of parking space. The airport has now published a Notam saying that GA aircraft will no longer be allowed to park overnight, effective until Oct 18.

LEIB/Ibiza Spain

Security staff have called off a strike that was scheduled for today, July 20, after an agreement was reached with employers. Normal ops now expected.



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Post by howie » Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:43 pm

howie wrote:
Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:15 am
great dane wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:36 pm
howie wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:45 pm
Daily Brief
Thursday, Jul 19, 2018
So they didn't manage to predict todays total closure of Belgian airspace - not a strike this time.
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/99 ... ays-latest
Sorry :outtahere:
EBZZ/Belgium

No significant delays through Belgium’s airspace today, following yesterday’s two-hour closure of the entire EBBU FIR due to a meltdown with their Flight Data Processing System - the big computer which handles all the flight plans.



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Post by great dane » Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:07 pm

howie wrote:
Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:43 pm
howie wrote:
Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:15 am
great dane wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:36 pm

So they didn't manage to predict todays total closure of Belgian airspace - not a strike this time.
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/99 ... ays-latest
Sorry :outtahere:
EBZZ/Belgium

No significant delays through Belgium’s airspace today, following yesterday’s two-hour closure of the entire EBBU FIR due to a meltdown with their Flight Data Processing System - the big computer which handles all the flight plans.
:good:



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Post by Moertoe Pilut » Sun Jul 22, 2018 4:51 pm

HTMW/Mwanza Tanzania

Construction work planned at the airport until Dec. They want to make the airport capable of handling larger planes like the B787-8 Dreamliner, so the runway is being widened and extended. That means whilst work is ongoing, RWY12 threshold is displaced by 300m, meaning a reduced LDA of 2700m.
Oh wow, it was about time they did something to that airport. Landing there at night is a real mission, half the runway lights don't work and the ones that do are on full bright so you can't see anything while trying to land there.



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Post by howie » Mon Jul 23, 2018 12:27 pm

Daily Brief Monday, Jul 23, 2018


LEZZ/Spain

Strikes by more than 60,000 baggage handlers and ground staff at airports across Spain originally planned for the end of July have now been cancelled, as the union has reached an agreement with employers.

ZSSS/Shanghai China

Both Shanghai airports ZSPD/Pudong and ZSSS/Hongqiao are operating normally again following the passage of Storm Ampil over the weekend, which forced the cancellation of nearly 800 flights. Both airports are accepting applications from GA/BA flights again. The storm is now continuing to dissipate as it moves northwards overland towards ZBAA/Beijing, but maximum gusting winds now down to around 35kts.

EICK/Cork Ireland

The main runway has reopened after an incident on Jul 22 where a private jet suffered a burst nose wheel before departure, and had to be removed from the runway with a crane.
TUPJ/Beef Island British Virgin Islands
Until 18 Oct, the airport operating hours are now from 7am-9pm local time (1100-0100z).

WADD/Denpasar Indonesia

Runway repairs mean Bali’s airport will be closed each night (except Wednesdays) from 2-7am local time (13-23z), from Jul 23 - Sep 22.

DZZZ/Africa

The Hajj routes for 2018 are now in effect, and will run through to Oct 10. Normally, traffic over Africa is north-south predominant, with Europe-Africa flights being the main flow. When Hajj operations start up, a good amount of traffic starts operating east-west (ie. Africa-Saudi Arabia and vice versa). With this extra traffic, this changes the predominant traffic flow over the African continent. ATC in the FIR’s most affected put in place standard routings to help flow that traffic. The FIR’s affected are: Algiers, Accra, Brazzaville, Dakar, Jeddah, Kano, Khartoum, N’Djamena, Niamey, Roberts, and Tripoli.



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Post by Moertoe Pilut » Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:22 am

When is the HAJJ starting, or has it started already?



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Post by howie » Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:58 pm

Daily Brief
Tuesday, Jul 24, 2018



EFTP/Tampere Finland

The airport will be closed until Aug 12 due to resurfacing work of runway, taxiways and apron.

SVZZ/Venezuela

As Venezuela’s economy continues to spiral out of control, supplies of banknotes will continue to be limited and it is likely to continue to be difficult to get cash. Current bank notes are being phased out and replaced with higher value ones throughout August 2018, when a new currency - the ‘sovereign bolivar’ - will be adopted. We continue to advise against ops to Venezuela.

KBFI/Boeing Field USA

It’s not showing on the NOTAMs yet, but the main runway 14R/32L will be closed for repair at various different times on Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun nights, from Aug 9 to Oct 15. The small runway 14L/32R will remain open, but that’s only 3700 ft long, with a maximum landing weight of 12,500 lbs. NOTAMs will only be issued for these closures a maximum of 72 hours in advance. Any questions, contact Airport Operations at 206-296-7334.

OAKB/Kabul Afghanistan

A suicide bombing at the main gate of the airport on Jul 22 killed fourteen people and injured over 50 more. All western countries continue to advise against all travel to most parts of Afghanistan.

OEZZ/Saudi Arabia

Germany have extended their airspace warning for Saudi Arabia until Oct 10. They continue to advise operators to avoid the southwest part of the OEJD/Jeddah FIR, and OEAB/Abha airport; and warn of the risk of missile attacks at OEJN/Jeddah and OERK/Riyadh airports.

LGAV/Athens Greece

A state of emergency has been declared in the Attica region around Athens, due to wildfires which have killed 24 people in the past few days. Some flights were diverted from landing at the airport on the evening of Jul 23 due to a thick plume of smoke which has covered the Greek capital. Further disruption possible until the fires have been put out.

KMCI/Kansas City USA

A Presidential TFR in place today, Jul 24, meaning no GA ops allowed at KMCI/Kansas City International from 0945-1045 and 1345-1445 local time. The TFR also prohibits GA ops at KMKC/Wheeler Downtown airport from 1015-1415 local time.



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Moertoe Pilut wrote:
Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:22 am
When is the HAJJ starting, or has it started already?
If i am correct some time mid august me thinks



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Post by howie » Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:29 pm

Daily Brief
Wednesday, Jul 25, 2018


HAZZ/Ethiopia

Commercial flights have resumed between Ethiopia and Eritrea for the first time in 20 years, after the two nations ended their conflict in a whirlwind peace process earlier this month. Ethiopia has already published a Notam saying that the ATS route M308/UM308 between two nation’s capitals HAAB/Addis Ababa and HHAS/Asmara has been re-opened to international flights. The Ethiopian CAA has said they intend to open more airways between the two countries soon.

EDDV/Hannover Germany

The airport reopened at 6.30am this morning after days of extreme heat damaged a runway and forced it to close last night. The authorities decided to close the airport yesterday because parts of the surface of one of the runways buckled as a result of the heat and the other runway was closed for maintenance work.

GAMB/Mopti Mali

Militants launched a mortar attack on the airport on Jul 23. One projectile detonated near the runway, and another landed close to the fuel depot. There are concerns that militant attacks such as this may increase in Mali ahead of the Jul 29 presidential election. Most western countries advise against flying into or over Mali at the lower flight levels.

WAFO/Morowali Indonesia

A new airport has been built in the mountainous coastal province of east Sulawesi - the only one in the area for hundreds of miles. Here are the details, as reported by an Opsgroup member: “PPR, runway 05/23 (measuring 5213 x 98), good PCN, restricted daylight operations, no lights, no PAPI/VASI, no fuel, new terminal and ramp that will hold an ATR72 and one G550 concurrently. Visual approaches only. Arrival best on 23, from the sea, over rice paddies. Rising terrain, within 4 miles, SW of airport allows limited visual approaches with 1-2nm final, over a tall coconut palm grove.”

NVZZ/Vanuatu

Night-time closures planned at both of Vanuatu’s main airports. NVSS/Santo will be closed each night from 1930-0530 local time until Aug 14, for runway repairs. NVVV/Port Vila has slightly different closure timings depending on the day of the week, but most nights they are closed from 1800-0600 local time.



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Post by Moertoe Pilut » Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:32 pm

Good news that the airways are opening up again between Addis and Asmara. :thumbs:



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